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"James Dean Ulimate Collector's Edition" Out On Blu-ray November 5th

James Byron Dean--February 8, 1931 – September 30, 1955

James Dean Ultimate Collector’s Edition [East of Eden, Rebel Without a Cause and Giant] the Actor’s Only Films and All for Warner Bros., Now Remastered for their Blu-ray™ debut Nov. 5

BURBANK, Calif., August 6, 2013 — When he died in 1955 at the age of 24 in a car crash, James Dean was mourned by millions of fans throughout the world. Despite only making three films – all of them for Warner Bros. – Dean became one of Hollywood ’s most spectacular stars, and 50 years later still remains an internationally compelling force, an iconic image, and a cult favorite of timeless fascination.

On November 5, Warner Home Video will debut East of Eden, Rebel Without a Cause and Giant (a George Stevens production), remastered Blu-ray as the James Dean Ultimate Collector’s Edition – a limited and numbered six-disc set that boasts three feature-length documentaries about Dean’s life including James Dean Forever Young, narrated by Martin Sheen; American Masters James Dean Sense Memories and George Stevens: A Filmmaker’s Journey.  Packaged in a double-wide gift set, the collection also contains a 48-page photo book with behind-the-scene images and rare insight into each film. The Ultimate Collector’s Edition will sell for $99.98 SRP; each film will also be available as a stand-alone Blu-ray book for $27.98 SRP each.

All three films were 4k restorations from original camera negatives at Warner Bros. Motion Picture Imaging (MPI). Due to color fading, the original camera negatives could no longer yield an acceptable photochemical print.

For Rebel Without a Cause, the stereo soundtrack was reconstructed from the magnetic soundtrack stripes of Cinemascope release prints. The film’s restoration was done by Warner Bros. in collaboration with The Film Foundation. Restoration funding was provided by Warner Bros., Gucci and The Film Foundation.

Details of the James Dean Ultimate Collector’s Edition

East of Eden (1955)

Based on John Steinbeck’s novel and directed by Elia Kazan, East of Eden is the first of three major films that make up James Dean’s movie legacy. The idol-to-be plays Cal , a wayward Salinas , California youth who vies for the affection of his hardened father (Raymond Massey) with his favored brother Aron (Richard Davalos). Playing off the haunting sensitivity of Julie Harris, Dean’s performance earned one of the film’s four Academy Award® nominations[1]. Among the movie’s stellar performers, Jo Van Fleet won the Oscar® for Best Supporting Actress (1955).

Special Features:

    Commentary by Richard Schickel
    "Forever James Dean" [1987 Documentary]
    "East of Eden : Art in Search of Life"
    Screen Tests
    Richard Davalos" [Wardrobe Test]
    "James Dean and Richard Davalos" [Wardrobe Test]

"James Dean, Richard Davalos and Julie Harris" [Wardrobe Test]

    "James Dean and Lois Smith" [Wardrobe Test]
    "Lois Smith" [Wardrobe Test]
    "James Dean and Jo Van Fleet" [Wardrobe Test]
    "Jo Van Fleet" [Wardrobe Test]
    "Costumes and Production Design" [Wardrobe Test]
    Deleted Scenes
    3/9/1955 NYC Premier

Rebel Without a Cause (1955)

In one of the most influential performances in movie history, Dean plays Jim Stark, the new kid in town whose loneliness, frustration and anger mirrored those of postwar teens – and still reverberates 50 years later. Natalie Wood (as Jim’s girl Judy) and Sal Mineo (as Jim’s tag-along pal Plato) were Academy Award® nominees[2] for their achingly true performances. Director Nicholas Ray was also an Oscar® nominee for this landmark film which was released less than one month after Dean’s fatal car crash.

Special Features:

    Commentary By Douglas L. Rathgeb
    Documentary "James Dean Remembered" [1974 TV Special]
    Documentary "Rebel Without A Cause: Defiant Innocents"
    Dennis Hopper Interview NEW!
    Screen Tests
    Wardrobe Tests
    Deleted Scenes
    "Behind The Cameras: Natalie Wood"
    "Behind The Cameras: Jim Backus"
    "Behind The Cameras: James Dean"
    Theatrical Trailers

Giant (a George Stevens production) (1956)

Based on Edna Ferber’s best-selling family saga about a Texas family of ranchers and oilmen, Giant stars Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson and Dennis Hopper. In his final film role, Dean stars as wrangler turned oil baron Jett Rink. Directed by the legendary George Stevens, this sprawling epic received ten Academy Award® nominations[3] including a Best Actor nod for Dean and earned Stevens a win for Directing (1956).

Special Features:

    Introduction by George Stevens Jr.
    Commentary by George Stevens Jr., Ivan Moffat and Stephen Farber

·         “George Stevens: Filmmakers Who Knew Him"

Street Date: November 5, 2013
Order Due Date: October 1, 2013
Cat# 1000344422
$99.98 SRP

East of Eden Blu-ray Book
Cat# 1000339747
$27.98 SRP

Rebel Without a Cause Blu-ray Book
Cat# 1000341372
$27.98 SRP

Giant Blu-ray Book
Cat# 1000339738
$27.98 SRP

Note: All enhanced content listed above is subject to change.

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Blu-ray Disc™ and Blu-ray™ and the logos are the trademarks of Blu-ray Disc Association.

Warner Home Video Blu-ray Discs™ offer resolution six times higher than standard definition DVDs, as well as extraordinarily vibrant contrast and color and beautifully crisp sound. The format also provides a higher level of interactivity, with instant access to extra features via a seamless menu bar where viewers can enjoy features without leaving or interrupting the film.

About Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Inc.
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) brings together Warner Bros. Entertainment's home video, digital distribution and interactive entertainment businesses in order to maximize current and next-generation distribution scenarios. An industry leader since its inception, WBHE oversees the global distribution of content through packaged goods (Blu-ray Disc™ and DVD) and digital media in the form of electronic sell-through and video-on-demand via cable, satellite, online and mobile channels, and is a significant developer and publisher for console and online video game titles worldwide. WBHE distributes its product through third party retail partners and licensees, as well as directly to consumers through and WB Ultra.

About Warner Home Video
With operations in 90 international territories, Warner Home Video, a division of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Inc., commands the largest home entertainment distribution infrastructure in the global video marketplace. Warner Home Video's film library is the largest of any studio, offering top quality new and vintage titles from the repertoires of Warner Bros. Pictures, Turner Entertainment, Castle Rock Entertainment, HBO Video and New Line Cinema.

[1] 1955 (28th)          ACTOR -- James Dean

                                ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE -- Jo Van Fleet
DIRECTING -- Elia Kazan
WRITING (Screenplay) -- Paul Osborn

[2] 1955 (28th)          ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE -- Sal Mineo
                                ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE -- Natalie Wood
WRITING (Motion Picture Story) -- Nicholas Ray

[3] 1956 (29th)          ACTOR -- James Dean
                                ACTOR -- Rock Hudson
                                ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE -- Mercedes McCambridge
ART DIRECTION (Color) -- Art Direction: Boris Leven; Set Decoration: Ralph S. Hurst
COSTUME DESIGN (Color) -- Moss Mabry, Marjorie Best
DIRECTING -- George Stevens
FILM EDITING -- William Hornbeck, Philip W. Anderson, Fred Bohanan
MUSIC (Music Score of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture) -- Dimitri Tiomkin
BEST MOTION PICTURE -- George Stevens and Henry Ginsberg, Producer
WRITING (Screenplay--Adapted) -- Fred Guiol, Ivan Moffat

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